Carolina S Allen, Founder and CEO.
Born in Rio Grand do Sul Brazil, Carolina and her family immigrated to the U.S where she later earned a BS degree in Philosophy from the University of Utah. She has a great appreciation for diverse cultures, ethnicities, and religious world views, which she learned first from her parents and five siblings. She is a dynamic speaker and has had the opportunity to participate in various international conferences including the Women of the Mountains Conference, World Congress of families, and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She is a grassroots organizer and believes in the power of many voices working together to grow the good. She loves to engage with others in meaningful dialogue and discussion and has lead and participated in many thriving community cooperatives. As a fluent trilingual, she has taught classes in Portuguese, Spanish, as well as Civic Engagement and philosophy. She and her husband are homeschool enthusiasts and parents to six budding artists, athletes, and young scholars. She is an avid soccer fan and had a brief career as a semi-professional player.
Ann Takasaki, Chairperson
Elizabeth Ann Inouye Takasaki is a third generation Japanese-American born in Richfield, Utah to Buddhist parents. Ann graduated from Brigham Young University with with several degrees, including Dance, Psychology, and English and also studied for a graduate degree at UCLA in music therapy. Education is very important to Ann. She served an LDS mission in Sendai, Japan, where she loved reconnecting with her heritage. She has had several opportunities to serve throughout her life, including on the international Young Women General Board for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Her favorite service, however, is to her husband, Roman, her three children, and their families. Together, they enjoy outdoor adventures like hiking, boating, biking, and traveling the world.
Marianne Downing, Secretary
Marianne Downing has come to the board of Big Ocean with more than 20 years of experience in management and evaluation in the nonprofit sector. For six of those years, she owned a successful consultancy firm in New Zealand that specialized in the evaluation of nonprofit organizations and their programs. She brings to the board best practices taken from 150 organizational assessments of a variety of sizes and cultures. She has previously been a member of other nonprofit boards in New Zealand including social work and educational organizations. Prior to coming to live in the United States in 2012, Marianne was engaged in a project to expand a social service agency into the French speaking areas of France, Switzerland and Belgium.
Angela Silva, Treasurer
Erika Decaster, Board Member
Erika Decaster holds an MBA in International Development from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA in Latin American Studies and Music from Brigham Young University. Passionate about women and children’s issues, she previously worked at Feed the World and the Institute for Self-reliant Agriculture. She is passionate about international development organizations that follow the Positive Deviance model. Erika, originally from Utah, has lived in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Germany, and in several U.S. states. Erika’s husband hails from the Caribbean island of Curaçao and they love having an international and multicultural family which they have grown through both birth and adoption. They live with their two children in Tucson, AZ, USA. Erika also sings semi-professionally as a mezzo-soprano and enjoys performing in concerts, oratorios, and operas.
Dana Robb, Board Member
Dana’s first focus is her family. She is a homeschooling mom of four who loves to spend time with her family hiking, mountain biking, canyoneering and four wheeling. Dana received a bachelor’s degree from BYU in English and loves reading and discussing good literature. She and her husband run a landscaping company together. She finds life satisfying if she can paint at least one mural a year. She teaches yoga and is passionate about health and nutrition and self-sustaining skills. Currently, she is focused on growing a garden, medicinal herbs, and raising chickens. Dana enjoys gathering and connecting with like-minded women and engaging in humanitarian work. She loves traveling and being immersed in culture.
Mara Holloman, Board Member
Kim Landeen, Board Member
Kim Landeen comes to Big Ocean with a special interest in protecting the family. This desire has been intensified as she and her husband Allen have been professional foster parents to 13 little boys over the last 2 years. Kim stays busy as a health coach helping people regain their mental and physical health through clean eating, exercise, and structured personal development. Kim served as an LDS missionary in the Germany Berlin mission where she was entrusted with positions to train and guide many other missionaries. She is currently plugging away at her degree in Social Work. Her hobbies include hiking in Moab, ice fishing on Strawberry Reservoir, river rafting, playing football with her boys, taking candlelit essential oil baths, and cuddling with her husband and their dog Toby.
Alicia Moulton, Board Member
Alicia Moulton and her husband Stan run The Honey Company, a sustainable beekeeping business in Provo, Utah. She specializes in social media marketing and web content. She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science from Utah State University, and bachelor’s in mathematics education from Brigham Young University. She worked previously for Utah State University Extension as an Agriculture/4H County Agent, planning adult and youth education programming. Alicia is passionate about agriculture, education, and motherhood. She loves exploring the outdoors, finds relief and joy working with horses, and enjoys gathering people together.
Jeanette Bennett, Board Advisor
Jeanette Bennett is owner and editor-in-chief of Bennett Communications, a magazine publishing company in Utah that was founded in 2000. Jeanette earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Brigham Young University. She has appeared multiple times on HuffPostLive, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and Studio 5. Jeanette is sought after in her community for her speaking and panel-moderating abilities. Google Fiber named Jeanette the “Hero of the Year” in 2015. Jeanette considers herself a cheerleader for teenagers and young adult women. She currently leads 300 young women as the president of the Young Women organization in her stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jeanette has a love/hate relationship with deadlines, half marathons and the stock market — and she has a love/love relationship with glossy pages, watching her kids play sports, and enjoying Utah’s canyons. She and her husband, Matt, are both native Idahoans and are raising five children together at the base of Mount Timpanogos.
Kaloni Jensen is owner and event planner of Cherry Creek Events. She also teaches Family Life Education Workshops through her blog Forever Chalae. Kaloni received a BS from BYU-Idaho in Marriage and Family Relations, and certificate in International Event and Wedding Planning from QC Event School. She is an aspiring author with her first book, Holding On to Forbidden Fruit, being release in 2016. Kaloni serves on the Street Team for Fight the New Drug and volunteers for Operation Underground Railroad, Days for Girls, and the Launfal Foundation.
Kaloni was born and raised on a farm on the outskirts of Emmet, ID, where she learned to love the Lord, love her family, value hard work, value her community, and cherish her identity as a woman. Kaloni teaches social dance and clogging at an award-winning dance studio, and received a college scholarship for vocal performance. She loves riding horses, 4 wheeling, driving a tractor, and eating ice cream. When she’s not outside, you may find her indoors reading a book, sewing/quilting, baking (especially chocolate treats), or playing with her nieces and nephews. Kaloni believes that, through trials, we make decisions that mold our destinies and find healing and purpose. Big Ocean Women helped Kaloni to find joy in her identity by instilling the values so eloquently captured in the Big Ocean Tenets.